Beginners

All runners have to start somewhere, so why not start with us? Even our long-distance or faster runners started running somewhere. Though distance and speed are fun, we are also a club where it is not about how fast or how far you go but about showing up and taking part, one step at a time.

Brighton & Hove Front Runners is open to all runners regardless of ability and you always run at your own pace. Whilst we are not currently running our learn to run course yet you want to build up your running ability before or, in conjunction with trying us out, we suggest following the NHS Couch to 5k programme which has been widely recommended by fitness professionals and beginners alike.

On Wednesday nights at 7pm, we normally offer two activity choices from our meeting point at King Alfred Leisure Centre (meeting on the seaside). You can either run an ‘Out and Back’ or consider interval training, the style of which changes weekly.

  • With the Out and Back Run, we’ll do a warm-up with the run leader and the group will run out on an agreed course and then back (20 minutes out and then 20 minutes back), this is done at your own pace and you may walk part of this if needed. (This is a good option if it’s your very first run with us.)  
  • With the interval training, we’ll do a warm-up led by the run leader and then start the interval sessions which involve periods of high intensity running alternated with low intensity running, walking, or rest.  

At the start of each session, everyone introduces their names and pronouns. Don’t worry though you won’t need to remember everyone’s name and you will soon learn how to run and chat. We recommend coming to at least 3 Wednesday sessions, so you get a chance to meet different people and get an idea of who you can run with at a similar pace. As a beginner, coming on the first Wednesday of the month is also a great way to meet people, as this session is usually followed by a club social from 8 pm.  We also have use of the  King Alfred Leisure Center changing room and lockers,  you will need a £1 coin for the locks and we can explain more on your first run.

As well as our Wednesday run, you can often see Frontrunners usually in our purple kit across various parkruns around Brighton, Hove and Sussex. Sometimes even further afield! If you do spot some of us in our purple vests.  Don’t hesitate to come and say hello!   

Once a month as many of us as possible meet up at a local parkrun, where we’d love you to join us. At all parkruns, you can run, jog or walk the 5k distance and we will help cheer and motivate you as you go. Please contact us via email, Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to find out which ones we will be at or see our parkrun page. Our ‘takeovers’ will be listed on the page or you can message us for confirmation.

Should you wish to join us before coming to the club night on Wednesdays or want to learn more, please contact us with any questions. We hope to see you soon!